My family just calls them Aunt Kimmie's Pretzels! These are so good--no need to go to the mall just head for the kitchen!
- Place ingredients in bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer.
- Select White Bread setting, Manual and then press Start.
- After the machine has completed the second rising cycle, it will beep.
- Remove the dough onto a very lightly floured surface.
- Divide into 4 parts.
- Divide each fourth into 3 pieces.
- Roll each piece into an 18 inch rope.
- Shape rope into a circle, overlapping about 4 inches; from each end, leaving ends free.
- Take one end in each hand and twist at the point where dough overlaps.
- Carefully lift ends across to the opposite edge of circle.
- Tuck ends under edge to make a pretzel shape; moisten and press ends to seal.
- Place on greased cookie sheet.
- Let rise, uncovered, until puffy, about 20 minutes.
- In a 3-quart saucepan, combine 2 quarts of water and 1/3 cup baking soda; bring to a boil.
- Lower 1 or 2 pretzels into the saucepan; simmer for 10 seconds on each side.
- Lift from water with a slotted spoon.
- Return to greased cookie sheet.
- Let dry briefly.
- Brush with 1 egg white slightly beaten.
- Sprinkle with course salt or sesame seeds or leave plain.
- If you leave them plain, after they bake dip into melted butter then in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Bake at 425°F for 4 minutes; then turn cookie sheet around and bake 4 more minutes.
- These are so good.
These pretzels are wonderful and fairly easy to make. The hardest part for me was trying to form the pretzel into shape. I absolutely loved them and will be using the recipe frequently.
Made these the first time on Saturday. Made another batch today to freeze. Very good. I only used the dough setting on my bread machine and i dipped each pretzel 3 times in the baking soda water mixture. I found they freeze very well also. Just pull them out of the freezer and microwave for 30 seconds and you have a hot soft pretzel. My kids loved them and so did my husband.
YUM!!! I had never made pretzels before, and these were easy to do! I made nuggets, instead of the traditional shape. I made 60 nuggets (split them into the 12 as directed, and then cut each of those into five). I baked them for five minutes, turned the pan and baked for five more.